Bad can mean good.
But settlers are bad?
It is fascinating how familiar words take on new meanings.
Occupation used to mean being a doctor or lawyer or candlestick maker.
However, now a headline “Occupation” was bait enough to get me to read a Jerusalem Post columnist I had said I would not waste my time reading ever again.
Darn, I fell in the trap, and my mood sank as I read:
1. “The West Bank is Palestine because the great majority of its inhabitants are Palestinians, which makes it an occupied territory.”
2 “Our answer to this is that all these measures are for the sake of security. This is a misleading perception,”
3. “security forces are very much capable of implementing and collective punishment of a whole population.”
4. ”Still, the main obstacle to any normal Palestinian dignified life or future is the settlements.”
5. “A visit to the West Bank is a visit to an apartheid state.”
6. ”The settlers in the apartheid country can use their own roads and buses.”
7. “Security will be possible when the Palestinians have something to lose – an independent state -…”
These are just 7 “favorite” quotes from the Post columnist on its Observations Page.
This piece could have been written by the Palestinian Authority PR machine or Hamas itself, but the author is Uri Savir.
Uri Savir, “the writer is honorary president of the Peres Center for Peace and served as Israel’s chief negotiator for the Oslo Accords.”
Now that could explain a lot, the failure of Oslo and where we are today!
Also, he states that Israel’s historical claim is outdated and its international legal claim does not count for much.
Living in a democracy, one can say and write what you want.
But with friends like Uri Savir who needs enemies?